Morning Prayer Liturgy: February 2020

Call to Worship (To be read responsively.)

 May God be with you.
And also with you.
Let us lift up our hearts.
We lift them up to our God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 Glory be to the Creator, and to the Christ, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

Opening Psalm: Psalm 67

God, may you be gracious to us and bless us
and make your face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth.
 5 Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, has blessed us.
May God continue to bless us;
let all the ends of the earth revere the Holy One.

Collect (a prayer of St. Gertrude)

Loving Jesus: Protect and sustain us with your hand. Open the door of your love that, sealed with your wisdom, we may be free to serve you with joy. Amen.

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4a

Now God said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.

Silent and/or Spoken Reflections

Meditation:

Whoever you are: step out of doors tonight,
Out of the room that lets you feel secure.
Infinity is open to your sight.
Whoever you are.
With eyes that have forgotten how to see
From viewing things already too well-known,
Lift up into the dark a huge, black tree
And put it in the heavens; tall, alone.
And you have made the world and all you see.
It ripens like the words still in your mouth.
And when at last you comprehend its truth,
Then close your eyes and gently set it free.

–Rainer Maria Rilke

Offering Our Prayers (God, in your mercy . . . hear our prayer.)

Concluding Affirmation (Julian of Norwich)

“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.”

Benediction (adapted from a prayer by Martin Luther King, Jr.)

In these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, know that God is with you in your going out and your coming in, in your rising up and in your lying down, in your moments of joy and in your moments of sorrow, until the day when there shall be no sunset and no dawn. Amen.

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